BALTIMORE - These are the games that made Earl Weaver famous.
The former Baltimore Orioles manager, who died earlier this year, had a well-worn yet favorite formula for success: good pitching, good defense, and a three-run home run.
The Orioles got all three Saturday night against New York, and threw in an extra three-run shot for good measure.
Chris Davis led the charge with two homers and five RBIs, and Baltimore's bombers mashed out 15 hits en route to an 11-3 win over the rival Yankees in front of a sellout crowd of 46,607 at Camden Yards.
The second largest crowd of the year saw the Orioles jump on New York starting pitcher David Phelps early, and a 9-0 lead after three innings made things easier on Baltimore left-hander Zach Britton.
The offense showcased itself in front of a nationally televised audience, one that witnessed the major league's home-run leader in Davis. He wowed the crowd with a pair of no-doubt-about-it shots - the first an opposite field, three-run blast into Baltimore's bullpen in the first inning, and the second a towering two-run fly onto the flag court in right field in the sixth.
Davis' 30 home runs tied him with Brady Anderson for the club record for most homers before the All-Star break.
"I'm not going up there to try and hit home runs," Davis said. "I'm just trying to put good swings on good pitches."
Davis' second homer put Baltimore up 11-2 and helped ensure the Orioles of their third consecutive winning month.
It also gave Britton (2-2) a victory, and handed the Yankees (42-38) their fourth straight loss.
Meanwhile, the Orioles improved to 46-36 and trimmed Boston's lead to 2.5 games in the AL East.
"We've got a long way to go to do the things that they're doing and have done," said manager Buck Showalter. "Our guys really want to be a part of that. It's hard to do. That's why it's so gratifying if you can do it."
Davis provided the bulk of the offense, Britton tossed 5 2-3 innings and allowed only one run, and the defense was highlighted by shortstop J.J. Hardy's diving stab on Ichiro Suzuki's line drive up the middle to lead off the fourth.
Chris Dickerson singled up the middle with the bases loaded in the third, and two more runs came in to make it 6-0. One batter later, Ryan Flaherty cleared the wall over the scoreboard in right for a three-run shot, his sixth home run of the season.
Phelps (5-5) was done after 2 1-3 innings, nine hits, and nine runs allowed. The Orioles sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning and gave Britton some serious support. Davis had a big blow that put the home team ahead 4-0. Davis enjoyed the sixth multi-homer game of his career, three of which have come this season. He also tied a career high with the five RBIs, and he's batting .357 over his last 36 games.
"I think any time you score a lot of runs and are able to relax and enjoy the game, it's a lot of fun and takes a lot of pressure off everybody," Davis said.
Showalter said he's running out of superlatives for his slugger.
"I'll let you all do it. You're better at it than I am," Showalter said. "But Chris knows what we think of him and how proud we are of the year he's having."
Orioles fans outnumbered those of the Yankees, and both Showalter and Davis said they've recognized the support during the series. That will likely continue tonight, another chance for Baltimore to be seen on national TV.
"It was a good game for us and it will all be forgotten [tonight] at 8 o'clock," Showalter said. "I'm just proud that we're going to have our third winning month in a row, which is something we really wanted to get off and be consistent with."
NOTES: The Orioles designated first baseman Travis Ishikawa for assignment and recalled pitcher Jair Jurrjens to take his place on the roster. Ishikawa was 2 for 17 in six games with Baltimore. Jurrjens tossed 2 1-3 scoreless relief innings Saturday... Chris Tillman (9-2) takes on Hiroki Kuroda (7-5) tonight on ESPN.